On January 11, 2024, Health Canada issued NOM/ADM SI-007, announcing the modification to the List of Permitted Supplemental Ingredients, which lists all the supplemental ingredients permitted for addition to supplemented foods, along with their conditions of use. This modification newly permits the use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) as a kind of other supplemental ingredients in the list.
Use Requirements for Green Tea Extract (EGCG/catechins)
Foods belonging to a category set out in the List of Permitted Supplemented Food Categories
Maximum amounts and units per serving of stated size
100 mg epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and 200 mg total catechins
Cautionary statements required on the label
(a) All products require the cautionary statements:
(b) If the amount of EGCG in a serving exceeds 60 mg or the amount of total catechins in a serving exceeds 120 mg, the following additional cautionary statement is required:
Green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) is a dry extract, fluid extract, tincture, decoction or infusion of Camellia sinensis and:
a. must be obtained using an extraction solvent used in accordance with the List of Permitted Carrier or Extraction Solvents or water; and
b. must contain at least 40% epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and 70% total catechins; and
c. must not contain more than 50% EGCG, 80% total catechins, and 5% caffeine
The amount in milligrams of EGCG and total catechins from green tea extract must be declared, each separately, under the "Supplemented with" heading in the Supplemented Food Facts table.